Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
By the Numbers:
Statistical look at the Arkansas-Vanderbilt series
Vanderbilt runner Xavier Turner dives back safe to first ahead of a pickoff throw to Arkansas first baseman Eric Fisher during the game on Friday April 18, 2014, in Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas won two out of three games against No. 18 Vanderbilt this weekend. The series featured several interesting statistics.
-Arkansas gave up five runs (three earned) in three games against the Commodores. Since the Razorbacks gave up 17 runs to Alabama March 21, they have given up nine runs in their eight SEC home games. Only six of those nine runs were earned.
-Vanderbilt's top three hitters, Dansby Swanson, Bryan Reynolds and Xavier Turner, went 7-for-34 against the Razorbacks. They came into the weekend with batting averages of .364, .338 and .331, respectively.
-Swanson's .364 average coming into the weekend was the fourth best in the SEC and tied for 88th in the NCAA. After going 3-for-12 against Arkansas, his average dropped to .355.
-Despite Turner's 3-for-12 performance against Arkansas, he extended his hitting streak to 26 games. In the first 23 games of his hitting streak, he batted. 400. He went 1-for-4 in all three games.
-Vanderbilt was 1-for-24 its first time through the lineup over the three-game series. The Commodore's only hit was a single. They also had three walks and one hit by pitch in their first time through the lineup.
-Chris Oliver carried a perfect game into the fourth inning Sunday, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a single to Turner. Trey Killian and Jalen Beeks each didn't give up a hit until there were two outs in the third inning.
-Arkansas' relievers gave up only one hit in 6 2/3 innings of work against Vanderbilt. They didn't allow a run while walking three batters and striking out five.
-Vanderbilt's nine-hole went 4-for-8 (.500) this weekend. The rest of the Commodores' lineup went 15-for-87 (.172). They came into the weekend with a .287 batting average.
-Sunday's win improved Arkansas' record to 31-29 in rubber games since Dave Van Horn became the Razorbacks' head coach in 2003.
-Arkansas batters struck out 23 times in 24 innings this weekend, while Vanderbilt batters struck out only 17 times in 27 innings.
-Blake Baxendale went 2-for-4 at the plate in the first two games of the series, extending his hitting streak to eight games. His streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 performance Sunday. He went 8-for-17 (.471) with three doubles, one home run and nine RBI over the last four games of his streak.
-Saturday's 2-1 loss dropped Arkansas' record in one-run games to 5-9. The Razorbacks are also 1-6 in games with a 2-1 score.